Short Film: MUCK

I love it when I watch a short film and it feels like I just finished a fully formed three act feature and such is the case with Bruce Smolanoff‘s Muck, a drama about a young woman struggling to be a standup comic in New York while the stresses of life constantly beat down upon her. Tallie Medel stars and as usual kills it, bringing a crazy amount of depth to a character we only get to spend 15 minutes or so with.

Check out the film above and if you dig it, consider voting for it in this season’s Fandependent Film Festival over at

MUCK is a dramatic short film about Mel, a 20-year old female open mic comedian who lives with her tabloid-obsessed mother in Queens. Abandoned by her father and born into a family of unfulfilled hopes and dreams, Mel is a bottled fight waiting to erupt. Her one outlet is through stand up comedy, which she sees as her only viable escape from her bleak existence. She misguidedly seeks validation and acceptance from a misogynistic male comedian and is determined to make her mark as she navigates the late night, off the grid open mic scene.

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